Almost Daily News (Week 31) Mar 20-26, 2021

Almost Daily News (Week 31) Mar 20-26, 2021

Fish farms may pose more than a minimal risk to wild salmon, recent studies suggest Photo Credit: Sockeye Salmon by Ingrid Taylar via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0 License) Links of interest: (Cortes Currents) Fish farms may pose more than a minimal risk, studies suggest - coming(Cortes Currents) - Why the Pacific Salmon Foundation supports the decision to remove open net fish farms (Scientific Reports) Andrew W Bateman et al, Descriptive multi-agent epidemiology via molecular screening on Atlantic salmon farms in the northeast Pacific Ocean (2021)(The Royal Society) Dylan Shea et al, Environmental DNA from multiple pathogens is elevated near active Atlantic salmon farms (2020)(CBC) New study suggests fish farms raise risk of exposure to infectious disease for wild B.C. salmon(Virus Evolution) Gideon J Mordecai et al, Discovery and surveillance of viruses from salmon in British Columbia using viral immune-response biomarkers, metatranscriptomics, and high-throughput RT-PCR (2020)(Virus Evolution) Ahmed Shah et al, Genomes reveal genetic diversity of Piscine orthoreovirus in farmed and free-ranging salmonids from Canada and USA (2020)(Plos One) Kyle A. Garver et al, Piscine Orthoreovirus from Western North America Is Transmissible to Atlantic Salmon and Sockeye Salmon but Fails to Cause Heart and Skeletal Muscle Inflammation (2016)(Journal of fish Diseases) Kyle A. Garver et al, Piscine reovirus, but not Jaundice Syndrome, was transmissible to Chinook Salmon, Oncorhynchus tshawytscha (Walbaum), Sockeye Salmon, Oncorhynchus nerka (Walbaum), and Atlantic Salmon, Salmo salar L. (2015)Pacific Salmon Foundation websiteBC Salmon Farmers Association website Virtual injunction hearing for three fish farms photo courtesy Stan Proboszcz Links of Interest (Cortes Currents) Virtual injunction meeting for three fish farms(Cortes Currents) - Why the Pacific Salmon Foundation supports the decision to remove open...
Almost Daily News (Week 30) Mar 15-19, 2021

Almost Daily News (Week 30) Mar 15-19, 2021

Vigilante incident in Campbell River vigilante incident in Campbell River Links of Interest (RCMP) RCMP are investigating after an apparent episode of vigilante justice(Cortes Currents) articles about, or mentioning, theft(Cortes Currents) articles mentioning the Campbell River RCMP(Cortes Currents) articles mentioning the Quadra Island RCMP, which also serves Read and Cortes Islands Greater Campbell River COVID update for March 18 Active COVID 19 cases in North Vancouver Island Links of Interest: (Cortes Currents) COVID updatesIsland Health’s COVID-19 dashboard(Island Health) How to register for the COVID-19 Vaccine(BCCDC) BC COVID DataBritish Columbia COVID-19 data(BC Gov News) news releases from the Ministry of Health Cleaning up shellfish growing areas on Cortes and East Pendrell Islands Image from the 2017 clean-up in Gorge Harbour, Cortes Island – courtesy Amanda Glickman Cleaning up shellfish growing areas on Cortes and East Redonda Islands Links of Interest: (Cortes Currents) articles about beach clean-ups(Cortes Currents) Turn it in week (2017)(DFO) Regulating and monitoring British Columbia’s shellfish aquaculture facilities 2018(Cortes Currents) articles mentioning the Bee Islets Growers CorporationCortes Island Oysters.ca website(Cortes Currents) articles about oysters(Cortes Currents) Articles about aquaculture on Cortes Island(Cortes Currents) articles mentioning Pendrell SoundThe Cortes Island Fire Department trains new volunteers The Cortes Island Fire Department trains new volunteers Links of Interest (Cortes Currents) The Cortes Island Fire Department trains new volunteers (Cores Currents) articles about, or mentioning, the Cortes Island Fire DepartmentCortes Island Fire Rescue website(Gov of BC) B.C. Structure Firefighter Competency & Training Playbook(Cortes Currents) articles about wildfires on Cortes Island(SRD) Cortes Island Community Wildfire Protection Plan (PDF – 29.72 MB) Short Cortes Currents daily news updates, broadcast over Cortes Radio, CKTZ 89.5 FM and funded by a grant...
Almost Daily News (Week 30) Mar 15-19, 2021

Almost Daily News (Week 29) Mar 8-12, 2021

Why the Pacific Salmon Foundation supports the decision to remove open net fish farms Photo credit: Spawning Chinook Salmon - by Ryan Hagerty/USFWS Fish and Aquatic Conservation via Flickr (Public Domain) Links of interest: (Cortes Currents) - Why the Pacific Salmon Foundation supports the decision to remove open net fish farms The Pacific Salmon Foundation websitePSF Submission, Federal Aquaculture Act Consultation Jan 14 2021(PSF) Strategic salmon health initiativeDr Andrew Bateman’s website(Scientific Reports) Andrew W Bateman et al, Descriptive multi-agent epidemiology via molecular screening on Atlantic salmon farms in the northeast Pacific Ocean(The Royal Society) Dylan Shea et al, Environmental DNA from multiple pathogens is elevated near active Atlantic salmon farms(CBC) New study suggests fish farms raise risk of exposure to infectious disease for wild B.C. salmon(Cortes Currents) articles about or mentioning the Pacific Salmon Foundation(Globe and Mail) Scientist at Department of Fisheries and Oceans says Ottawa is to beholden to fish farm industry Scallops are for sale on Cortes Island scallops, with sweet potato and ox tail in the center by stu_spivack via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0 License) Links of Interest: (Cortes Currents) Scallops are for sale on Cortes Island (Cortes Currents) Cortes Island Aquaculture(Cortes Currents) Oysters(Cortes Currents) Erik Lyon(Cortes Currents) Victor McLaggan COVID update for March 11 COVID 19 by Ricardo Huñis via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0 License) Links of Interest: (Cortes Currents) COVID update for March 11(Cortes Currents) COVID updatesIsland Health’s COVID-19 dashboard(Island Health) How to register for the COVID-19 Vaccine(BCCDC) BC COVID DataBritish Columbia COVID-19 data(BC Gov News) news releases from the Ministry of Health Two Quadra Island environmentalists speak out in favour of DFO decision...
Almost Daily News (Week 30) Mar 15-19, 2021

Almost Daily News (Week 28) Mar 1-5, 2021

Campbell River staggered protest against BC’s old growth logging practises Links of interest (Cortes Currents) Campbell River staggered protest against BC’s old growth logging practises (Gov of BC) A Strategic Review of How British Columbia Manages for Old Forests Within its Ancient Ecosystems(Cortes Currents) articles about old growth forests(Cortes Currents) articles about the Fairy Creek Logging Blockade(Cortes Currents) articles about sustainable forestry(Cortes Currents) articles mentioning Sierra Quadra(Cortes Currents) articles mentioning the Council of Canadians(Cortes Currents) articles mentioning Geraldine Kenny(Cortes Currents) articles mentioning or written by Rod Burns Why fish farms donate to local communities Links of Interest (Cortes Currents) Why fish farms donate to local communities(Cortes Currents) articles about donations fish farms make to the community(Cortes Currents) Reporters Roundtable: Fish farms and seaweed production(Cortes Currents) articles about the Discovery Island Fish Farms(Cortes Currents) articles about Cermaq Canada(Cortes Currents) Phasing out one of Campbell River’s three pillars(Cortes Currents) SRD protests DFOs failure to consult(Cortes Currents repost) Tahsis supports decision to phase out fish farms(Cortes Currents) North Vancouver Island Mayors support fish farms Spread of COVID 19 on Vancouver Island Photo courtesy BC Centre for Disease Control website Links of interest: (Cortes Currents) Spread of COVID 19 on Vancouver Island(Cortes Currents) COVID updatesIsland Health’s COVID-19 dashboard(BCCDC) BC COVID DataBritish Columbia COVID-19 data(BC Gov News) news releases from the Ministry of Health North Vancouver Island: Close to an eightfold increase in active cases over two weeks Chair Jesse Ketler of the Comox Valley Regional District – courtesy CVRD Links of interest: (Cortes Currents) An an eightfold increase in active cases over two weeks(Cortes Currents) COVID updatesIsland Health’s COVID-19 dashboard(BCCDC) BC COVID DataBritish Columbia COVID-19...
Cortes Radio’s first Reporter’s Roundtable

Cortes Radio’s first Reporter’s Roundtable

In partnership with Cortes Community Radio & Cortes Currents, Folk U Radio offered its first Reporter Roundtable: Fish farms and seaweed production.  Clockwise from top left: Binny Paul, Ashley Zarbatany, Rochelle Baker and Roy L Hales The panel: Binny Paul (LJI reporter for Campbell River Mirror), Rochelle Baker (LJI reporter for Cortes and Quadra Islands, National Observer), Roy L Hales (editor of Cortes Currents) and Ashley Zarbatany (Folk U Radio’s new political and climate commentator).  Wild salmon advocates celebrate Discovery Islands fish farms decision by Rochelle Baker, National Observer (reposted on Cortes Currents here) The Discovery Island’s fish farms “By June 20, 2022, the whole region must be free of open net salmon farms. After that, no licenses will be issued. On one hand this issue can look like environment versus industry, but as one looks deeper, it is more complicated,” began moderator Manda Aufochs Gillespie of Folk U Radio.  “Everything folks argue from opposite sides of the debate is true to an extent, the issue, like most issues, are simply more nuance entangled than they appear to be,” said Rochelle Baker.  Fisheries minister and MP Blaney talk about economic transition plans for Vancouver Island re: fish farm decision by Binny Paul, Campbell River Mirror Was the fish farm decision made correctly? “In my personal opinion, the writing has been on the wall for a very long time for everyone: the Federal Government, the Provincial Government, the aquaculture companies,” said Binny Paul. “The question that everyone needs to be asking is, was it done correctly?” Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan claims this decision was made in consultation with the seven First Nations that hold title in the Discovery Islands. This is the beginning of a...
Almost Daily News (Week 27) Feb 22-27, 2021

Almost Daily News (Week 27) Feb 22-27, 2021

Number of confirmed cases in North Vancouver Island on the rise Jesse Ketler, Chair of the Comox Valley Regional District – courtesy CVRD website Links of interest: (Cortes Currents) COVID updatesIsland Health’s COVID-19 dashboard(BCCDC) BC COVID DataBritish Columbia COVID-19 data(BC Gov News) news releases from the Ministry of Health COVID 19 Update: Sevenfold increase in Greater Campbell River Links of interest: (Cortes Currents) COVID updatesIsland Health’s COVID-19 dashboard(BCCDC) BC COVID DataBritish Columbia COVID-19 data(BC Gov News) news releases from the Ministry of Health How the Sunflower food truck moved into the Gorge Harbour General store Selling 30 of these a day, plus a lot of other favourites - photo courtesy Carie Taylor Links of Interest (Cortes Currents) - How the Sunflower food truck moved into the Gorge Harbour General Store(Cortes Currents) Changes at the Toki Bap Cafe(Cortes Currents) Clark McKay and Carol Pierce: how COVID changed the meaning of take out(Cortes Currents) A truly awesome Cortes community Christmas dinner A branch of Canada’s seventh Regional Development Agency Links of Interest (Gov of Can) Government of Canada explores new approaches to regional economic development in Western Canada(Cortes Currents) articles about or mentioning MP Rachel Blaney(Cortes Currents) Phasing out one of Campbell River’s three pillars Changes at the Toki Bap Café  Summertime red cod taco, basil citrus salsa, & linnaea green – courtesy Sujon Links of Interest (Cortes Currents) Changes at the Toki Bap Cafe(Cortes Currents) Clark McKay and Carol Pierce: how COVID changed the meaning of take out(Cortes Currents) A truly awesome Cortes community Christmas dinner(Campbell River Mirror repost) Fresh fruit & veggies: the Strathcona good food box program(Cortes Currents)...